Preview: ‘We are going there to win’ says Brennan ahead of trip to Bath

Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
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Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan insists his side will be going ‘all guns blazing’ to get a result against table-topping Bath City on Saturday – but the Tudors boss knows that his side are in for a tough test.

Both sides go into the clash on the back of two consecutive National League South draws - but Bath are holding on to top spot courtesy of six wins on the spin at the start of the season.

We will be going there to win – it doesn’t matter to us, we try and win every game.

Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan

Hemel are sitting fifth, and Brennan is anticipating an entertaining game between two decent sides.

“We will be going there to win – it doesn’t matter to us, we try and win every game,” said the Tudors boss. “We’ll play to the best of our ability, but we are cautious as well – Bath have won six of their eight games and they beat Havant & Waterlooville 5-0 who are a very good side. We know to expect a tough game.

“I think Bath are a good side – there’s loads of good sides in this league. Bath are top of the table on merit at this moment in time; they are super organised, well-drilled, they work their socks off and they have got a great togetherness.

“They’ve had a very good start like ourselves, we’ve had an OK start, so we will see what happens when we go there. It should be a good game.

“They are a similar side to the one we faced last season; they have added one or two more players and have got a lot of pace up front. They got to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy last season so that tells you everything you need to know about them.”

Hemel were pegged back by a late Basingstoke penalty in their last outing, but Brennan insists that is in the past, with all eyes now on Bath.

“We don’t look behind us, we just try to learn as best as we can and try to digest it and improve on it next week,” he said. “It’s all guns blazing now for the next one.”

Hemel have been struggling with injuries of late, but they got vital match fitness in midweek. “We got minutes into the lads on Tuesday against Barnet in a behind-closed-doors game,” said Brennan. “John Frendo got the winner and Springy (Matt Spring) also scored. It’s always good for centre-forwards to score and we are just trying to get him (Frendo) match-fit now.

On his team selection for the Bath game, Brennan added: “Mo Shariff could be back in contention but we don’t know yet whether he is going to be fully fit.

“Dennis Oli is still out, and Ed Asafu-Adjaye has had a reoccurrence of his knee injury so he’s having a nightmare time at the minute. We haven’t got a clue when he will be back fit, and he is going to see a specialist next week.

“John Frendo also needs more game time, but we have got Springy back.